Court denies request to switch up agenda in Olmert trial
Abarbanel asks to call to the stand witnesses in the Rishon Tours 'double-billing' affair, rather than in the 'cash envelopes'.
The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday denied Prosecutor Eli Abarbanel's surpris request to change the agenda in an ongoing corruption trial against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Abarbanel asked the justices and Olmert's attorney to call to the stand witnesses in the Rishon Tours "double-billing" affair, rather than in the "cash envelopes" case involving American businessman Moshe Talansky.
Olmert is being tried on charges stemming from three different cases of alleged corruption - the Investment Center affair, the Talansky case and allegations surrounding Rishon Tours. He has been indicted for bribery, fraud, breach of trust and income tax evasion.
In the Investment Center affair, Olmert is suspected of favoring, as minister of trade, firms that hired his friend, attorney Uri Messer. According to the indictment, Olmert acted in favor of Shemen, an oil importing firm, which sought assistance on removing tariffs.